I love Thai Food. We have two favorite Thai restaurants near our home; True Thai on Franklin in Minneapolis and Pad Thai on Grand in St. Paul. Last week a friend and I went to Pad Thai on Grand after a quick workout. She had never been to a Thai restaurant before, so I explained the menu as best I could and she went with the classic, Chicken Pad Thai. She loved it and cleaned her plate.
I went with something new (see above) and ordered number 501. I can not remember what the official name was, but that wasn’t the important part. What mattered were the tender slices of beef, crisp carrots and green beans and a lucious, but light red curry coconut sauce. The spice level was perfect, just enough to wake up my tongue, but not enough to send me packing. I loved it, and no matter the name, I’ll remember 501.
I’ve tried about half, okay, maybe a third, of the items on the menu and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried. Some favorites are the Papaya salad and the Sweet Green Curry. But really, 501 has earned top spot.
Oh, and we started with the fresh spring rolls, because, well, I had to. I can’t wait to go back on a cold winter night and load up on some more beef curry.